Archive for July, 2011

Cooking up an Awesome Dinner!

July 15, 2011

Whenever I go out to a restaurant and there are soft shell crabs on the menu I drop the menu and stop considering every other option for soft shell crabs are my absolute fave!

This morning I saw a big sign in Citarella’s window that said “Today’s Special: Soft Shell Crabs” so I marched over to the fish counter and happily purchased dinner for my family tonight.

I made sauted spinach, and an avocado, tomato, cucumber and cilantro salad. Soft shell crabs is the entree and my 5 year old will be so happy as well!

I even took a photo of the soft shell crabs.

Do you like soft shell crabs?  What is your fave summer entree?

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Central Park Conservancy

July 15, 2011

This morning I went running aroud the Jackie Onassis Reservoir in New York City and noticed an unusually large number of fields closed off for seeding and beautification.  This is not the first day I noticed so many fields closed off by the Central Park Conservancy.  The East 97th Street field where Super Soccer Stars used to have a class is closed as is the small field adjacent to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  There are tons of people working in Central Park (you can see them with their green shirts) planting flowers, clipping shrubs and cleaning up the park.

Maintenance of Central Park is an ongoing process and we will have some gorgeous fields to enjoy when they re-open.

Have you noticed all the Central Park Conservancy green shirts recently?

NYC Living

July 14, 2011

There are parts of living in NYC that I love. I enjoy going to museums, eating in great restaurants, being able to walk most places, and being around experts in their respective fields.

This morning was supposed to be my first day back on my Lite Speed racing bike, that I used to ride regularly  before my daughter was born.  I made a date with a friend to meet at the Central Park Boat House at 6:00am and cycle.  Last evening when laying out my gear, I realized I had the wrong biking shoes and had to cancel my ride.

This morning I searched my storage locker in my building and found my Carnac cycling shoes and am thrilled to get on my bike tomorrow morning!

Living in a NYC apartment requires minimalism.  Seasonal gear gets moved to storage and switched out each season.  It takes an amazing amount of organization to keep track of where toys, sporting gear, clothing, holiday wrapping paper and ribbon, and big serving platters are.

The billboards for NYC storage are quite pertinent to those of us who choose to remain in an apartment in NYC.

Would you prefer to live in the city or suburbs?

Visiting Day

July 14, 2011

Today was my first day camp visiting day as a parent.  I have DVD’s from my visiting days at Camp Mohawk many moons ago,  featuring me and my friends dancing and doing gymnastics underneath the gymnastic tent. My parents definitely spent several hours at my visiting day when I attended camp as a 5 and 6 years old.

Today I watched instructional swim and gymnastics before driving back to NYC.

Visiting day was fun, but my daughter had separation anxiety.  I know this happens at sleepaway camp and can be tricky for families at departure time.

Do you think visiting day is more helpful or harmful to your child’s summer at sleepaway camp?

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